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American RadioWorks |
teaching-teachers

Teaching Teachers

Research shows good teaching makes a big difference in how much kids learn. But the United States lacks an effective system for training new teachers or helping them get better once they're on the job. This documentary examines why, and asks what it would take to improve American teaching on a wide scale. We meet researchers who are trying to understand what makes teaching complex, and how to determine whether someone is ready to be a teacher. We also visit U.S. schools that are taking a page from Japan and radically rethinking the way they approach the idea of teacher improvement.

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  • 08.27.15

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    In the United States, teaching isn't treated as a profession that requires extensive training like law or medicine. Teaching is seen as something you can figure out on your own, if you have a natural gift for it. But looking for gifted people won't work to fill the nation's classrooms with teachers who know what they're doing.
  • 08.27.15

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Trips by*

Christopher King


Total cost of 11 trips: $17,079.09


Trips traveled under the office of Bart Gordon

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: General Atomics
Purpose: I VISITED GENERAL ATOMICS' HEADQUARTERS TO BECOME FAMILIAR WITH THE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY INVOLVED IN SEVERAL PROGRAMS THAT I WILL ENCOUNTER IN MY WORK ON THE COMMITTEE. I TOURED FACILITIES AND RECEIVED BRIEFINGS ON PROGRAMS OF REVELANCE TO SCIENCE, ENER
Date: Jan 8, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,255.38
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA TO LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: Southern California Public Power Authority
Purpose: FACT FINDING TOUR, EDUCATION ON ENERGY ISSUES
Date: May 27, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,530.33
source

Destination: KNOXVILLE, TN
Sponsor: East Tennessee Economic Council
Purpose: FACT FINDING TOUR, EDUCATION ON OAK RIDGE NATIONAL LABORATORY ISSUES
Date: Jul 26, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $323.04
source

Destination: BEIJING, CHINA - URUMQUI, CHINA - SHANGHAIK, CHINA
Sponsor: US-China Policy Foundation
Purpose: FACT FINDING TOUR FOR EDUCATION ON U.S./CHINA POLICY ISSUES
Date: Aug 9, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $3,390.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Sponsor: Association of International Automobile Manufacturers
Purpose: RECEIVE TECHNICAL BRIEFINGS FROM INTERNATIONAL AUTOMAKERS ON RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IN ADVANCED VEHICLE TECHNOLOGIES AND TOUR THE NEW YORK AUTO SHOW
Date: Mar 22, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $716.14
source

Destination: AIRLIE, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: ATTEND 2-DAY EDUCATIONAL POLICY SEMINAR TITLED, "ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE: THE SCIENCE AND HUMAN HEALTH IMPACTS"
Date: Mar 29, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $535.00
source

Destination: TAIPEI, TAIWAN-KAOSHUNG, TAIWAN ROC
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: FACT FINDING TOUR FOR EDUCATION ON U.S./TAIWAN POLICY ISSUES
Date: May 28, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $5,355.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of Ralph Hall

Destination: MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY CAMPUS
Sponsor: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE MIT SEMINAR FOR SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TO BE HELD ON MIT CAMPUS.
Date: Apr 3, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,054.15
source

Destination: VISIT PRINCETON UNIVERSITY, PRINCETON, NJ
Sponsor: Princeton University
Purpose: MEET WITH FACULTY AND TOUR OF PLASMA PHYSICS LAB
Date: Feb 24, 2003
Expense: $269.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of Jim Mccrery

Destination: SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA
Sponsor: El Paso Corporation
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR
Date: Apr 18, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,809.55
source

Destination: WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Dec 1, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $841.50
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Christopher King.


American RadioWorks |
teaching-teachers

Teaching Teachers

Research shows good teaching makes a big difference in how much kids learn. But the United States lacks an effective system for training new teachers or helping them get better once they're on the job. This documentary examines why, and asks what it would take to improve American teaching on a wide scale. We meet researchers who are trying to understand what makes teaching complex, and how to determine whether someone is ready to be a teacher. We also visit U.S. schools that are taking a page from Japan and radically rethinking the way they approach the idea of teacher improvement.

Recent Posts

  • 08.27.15

    An American way of teaching

    In 1993, a group of researchers set out to do something that had never been done before. They would hire a videographer to travel across the United States and record a random sample of eighth-grade math classes. What they found revealed a lot about American teaching.
  • 08.27.15

    Rethinking teacher preparation

    In the United States, teaching isn't treated as a profession that requires extensive training like law or medicine. Teaching is seen as something you can figure out on your own, if you have a natural gift for it. But looking for gifted people won't work to fill the nation's classrooms with teachers who know what they're doing.
  • 08.27.15

    A different approach to teacher learning: Lesson study

    In the United States, we tend to think that improving education is about improving teachers - recruiting better ones, firing bad ones. But the Japanese think about improving teaching. It's a very different idea.
  • 08.27.15

    Thinking about math from someone else’s perspective

    "What you do when you’re teaching is you think about other people’s thinking. You don’t think about your own thinking; you think what other people think. That’s really hard." -Deborah Ball